ELECTION 2012//ASSEMBLY 20
April 27, 2012 | Independent 20th Assembly district candidate Mark Green wants to talk about Nadia Lockyer and he says his opponent, Democrat Bill Quirk, should have known about her problems with substance abuse during the 2010 Alameda County supervisorial race since Quirk was her campaign treasurer.
"How about all the money [Bill Lockyer] forked over after June , knowing his wife, the candidate, was in drug rehabilitation," said Green last Wednesday, referring to the $1.8 million Bill Lockyer used to fund his wife's supervisorial campaign. Green is currently mayor of Union City and was also a candidate for supervisor along with Nadia Lockyer back in 2010.
"Now who thinks Quirk didn’t know that?" said Green. "He was her treasurer. What was his personal judgment on this? Is he (A) blind, or (B) blind to his allegiance to the party and to the Lockyers?”
On Friday, Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk said Green's comments are "clearly campaign rhetoric" and "It is time to leave Nadia alone."
"She is a private citizen in recovery trying to be a good mom," he said.
After Nadia Lockyer's stunning fall from grace last week that resulted in her resignation April 20 from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, the Lockyer brand is certainly in need of a reboot. But, Green's attempt to make their recent failings a campaign issue is the first move by a candidate searching for weaknesses within Bill Lockyer's once prodigious support in the East Bay. Quirk's assembly campaign is endorsed by both Bill and Nadia Lockyer.
Green also faulted Bill Lockyer's judgment over his wife's 2010 campaign while she struggled with addiction. In a report last week, Nadia Lockyer admitted she was in rehab some time around the June 2010 primary, which she won. Green said Lockyer should be removed from his position as California state treasurer for urging her along in spite of her illness. “He knew that she was in drug rehabilitation and he still push her down everyone’s throat," said Green. "He kept saying she’s a worthy candidate and vote for her. From a societal point, he should be called on that and shouldn’t be in office.”
The fear of political reprisals from the Lockyers is less likely for Green, a former long-time Democrat who left the party last year to become an independent. Nevertheless, his disdain for the party's power structure is still clearly evident. A certain frostiness also exists between Green and Quirk, who has the full-backing of the Democratic Party going into the June 5 primary. In fact, Green continued his attack by mocking Quirk's more serious, professorial public persona following last Wednesday's candidate's debate at Cal State East Bay in Hayward.
“He’s not exactly David Letterman, is he? He’s not Mr. Charisma. He’s not the type you have a drink with. You’re not going to go on a fishing trip with Bill Quirk," Green said before pausing to grin. "There’s no excitement there.”